Elizabeth Mast Hyatt bookplate, 1912

Contributed by Cary Memorial Library in Wayne


Elizabeth Mast Hyatt, a summer resident of Wayne, Maine, amassed a large collection of bookplates in honor of famed opera singer Annie Louise Cary (1841-1921), who was born in the town.

This plate is Hyatt's own, a simple design of a lamp or torch, with her name and the date 1912. The phrase "Ex Libris" (from the books of) became emblematic of bookplates, and was included in many bookplate designs.

The artist and engraver, Walter M. Aikmen, was based in Brooklyn, New York, Hyatt's winter residence. Adjacent to his name is the Latin word "fecit," meaning "he made it".

Hyatt was involved in the planning for a library that was built in Wayne in 1938, and dedicated in 1939 as the Cary Memorial Library. The bookplate collection was subsequently donated to the library collections.

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  • Title: Elizabeth Mast Hyatt bookplate, 1912
  • Creator: Aikman, Walter M.
  • Creation Date: 1912
  • Subject Date: 1912
  • Town: Wayne
  • County: Kennebec
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 13.6 cm x 8.26 cm
  • Local Code: B (Box)
  • Collection: Bookplate collection
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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Cary Memorial Library in Wayne
17 Old Winthrop Road, Wayne, ME 04284
(207) 685-3612

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